2006 March 15 Wednesday
China Won't Take Back Most Chinese Illegal Aliens In US

Cheeky devils. China tells America to keep Chinese illegal aliens.

WASHINGTON (AP) - China is refusing to take back an estimated 39,000 citizens who have been denied immigration to the United States and have clogged detention centers at federal expense, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Tuesday.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Chertoff said that China last year readmitted 800 people. But that made only a small dent in what he described as a backlog of thousands illegally in the U.S.

``The math is pretty easy - at that rate, we wind up with increasing numbers of migrants who, if we're going to detain them, we're going to have to house at enormous expense,'' Chertoff said.


Currently, 687 Chinese are being held in federal detention facilities, at a daily rate of $95 each, while some 38,000 have been released on bond or under a monitoring program...

I think the United States ought to tell China that no Chinese citizens will be allowed into the United States unless the Chinese can assure that they can all return back to China. But China knows the US government are a bunch of wimps when it comes to enforcing immigration laws or controlling borders. This is one of many signs of what happens when credibility of law enforcement severely decays.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 March 15 08:54 PM  Immigration Politics

dennisw said at March 16, 2006 9:59 AM:

China laughs at us. They laughed at us when we complained about the Renbi being hitched to the dollar. They also ridiculed us saying we should get our house in order instead of annoying them over the renbi. Eventually with great fanfare they finally let the Renbi float. What a lie. The renbi is still what it was before.


scottynx said at March 16, 2006 1:11 PM:

It's disgusting how weak the US acts toward China. It's cruel to China, because someday they may mistake "acting weak" for "being weak", do something foolish like attack us, and then most likely get absolutely stomped. Is this a progressive, liberal, thing to let happen?

raj said at March 16, 2006 1:29 PM:

Other than the principle of the matter, I don't really see what the problem is. The Chinese diaspora is a proven winner the world over, from a financial and educational standpoint. I can understand those who might raise the issue over national sovereignty or the possible cultural effects this type of action will have. But, there is no mention in Randall's piece of the long term drain these Chinese immigrants are going to have on the economy, the welfare rolls, the prison system, the educational system... for good reason.

Bob Badour said at March 16, 2006 2:13 PM:

Would Taiwan take them?

John S Bolton said at March 18, 2006 12:47 AM:

There are national security considerations, and illegals are generally from the low end socio-economically. As suggested, stop issuing visas to Chinese til they take them back. If it pinches the bigtime people, something will happen.

D Flinchum said at March 19, 2006 10:21 AM:

"The Chinese diaspora is a proven winner the world over, from a financial and educational standpoint."

Remember please that it was the well-educated, high earning, "ideal immigrants" the Chinese who were bringing (legally, I might add) their aged parents to the US under the family reunification program and putting them on SSI as soon as they could do so. Who do you think paid their health care costs? Not the children who put them on SSI.

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